04.11.2016 Side lit clouds over North Quabbin

To quote those two great 20th century philosophers, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards: “You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
Well you get what you need”

The sky looked less than promising as I left the house yesterday morning.  A regular refrain here at SGNP.  But as above, nothing ventured, nothing gained.  Sure enough, the clouds in the east created a thin but obstructive shield against the sun which did not pop into view until a while after it rose.  But as often happens, there was some nice light to the north.  This is a view of the side of Rattlesnake Hill in New Salem with some nice color caught by the higher clouds. It was hard to resist so I didn’t.

North-Quabbin-Dawn-with-clouds-041016-960I am not sure this will be a regular thing, but I decided to post this as it would appear in my framing style.  The break between the double matting  is a little darker here than it really is as I am experimenting with different shades to show that digitally.  Probably too dark so I’ll lighten the next time.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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11 Responses to 04.11.2016 Side lit clouds over North Quabbin

  1. I like the curve of Rattlesnake Hill and the way it is echoed by hills in the distance. Nice, subtle, color as well. I like the ‘framed’ presentation. Snazzy.

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  2. Beautiful scene. Wishing you luck for some sales.

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  3. Speaking of those philosophers, in 1968 I visited Mexico City for the first time. Walking through a long hallway in the National University, I glanced into one of the classrooms and there on the blackboard I saw written out, in English, the words to the song “Satisfaction.”

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  4. shoreacres says:

    One thing led to another, and before long I was reading this:

    “The timber rattlesnake used to be found in abundance throughout New England, but now it’s extinct in Maine and Rhode Island, and considered endangered in several other eastern states, including Massachusetts. But officials there have a plan to re-establish a small population of the animals on an island known as Mount Zion, surrounded by the waters of the Quabbin Reservoir, near Amherst.”

    In fact, they’re going to release eight snakes in spring, 2017. They’ve been raising them in a zoo until they’re large enough to release. That made me laugh. If they need timber rattlers, I know where they can get a few. I even know some guys who’d be happy to catch a mess of them while they’re coming out of hibernation. Maybe Texas snakes wouldn’t do for the northeast, though.

    Is there any chance that Rattlesnake Hill is part of that island? Or is it just named in honor of the snakes that used to be there?

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    • No, Rattlesnake Hill is not part of Mount Zion where the snakes will be located. This has become a pretty big story out here because of the wild paranoia the media has created over this. Folks are worried about swimming and flying snakes (no winged snakes, but people figure they’ll be caught by eagles and then dropped on the mainland) ending up in their backyards or attacking them as they hike in the Quabbin. There are much greater hazards that, although attacks are rare, pose a more likely threat and are taken for granted with little fanfare…bears and copperheads and the ever-present ticks.

      I imagine the cold climate would come as a shock to some of your rattlers.


  5. Lyle Krahn says:

    It’s amazing where sage advice will take you!

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